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6 Common HOA Nuisances and How to Handle Them

Smoking, noisy floors, rambunxious children, and barking dogs are often the subject of HOA nuisance complaints. When do these issues qualify as a nuisance and when is the board obligated to act?

How Good Is Your Management Company?

12 tips for evaluating your current HOA management company or for finding a new one. 

Rules for Short Term Rentals in Condo Associations

If your association permits short-term rentals (e.g. Airbnb), clear guidelines will help your owners and protect the HOA.

Switching Your HOA Newsletter to Email

For decades, HOA Boards have communicated news and events to their members using a method developed by Johannes Gutenberg in 1439 – the hardcopy newsletter. Often delivered monthly to the doorstep of every resident, the paper newsletter has reliably provided a snapshot of information for your neighborhood. But we aren’t in 1439 anymore, and there’s an alternative delivery system that is more timely, interactive, and modern – email newsletters.

Are HOAs Allowed to Tow? Parking Enforcement Rules and Rights

All board members know, whether they’ve served for a month or a decade, the frustrations of parking restrictions. This article discusses the difference between private and public street parking as well as the steps to take for a lawfully authorized tow to help your HOA better understand its parking rules and rights.

5 Ways to Improve Your Meeting Minutes

5 Steps to Improve your Meeting Minutes
 

The minutes of a community association are always extremely important. An association is a business, and like any other business it protects its history, preserves and maintains the records and protects itself from possible liability. The secretary needs to be well organized, and committed to the association’s future.

Tree Disputes in HOAs: What the Law Says

Trees are beautiful, but they can cause headaches for homeowners association residents and board members. Disputes related to view obstruction, mess, and property damage can all spark legal problems. Learn what California law has to say about trees in HOAs.

Every HOA Must Adopt Election Rules - Following the Civil Code Isn't Enough

California HOA boards who fail to adopt elections rules are in violation of the law - even when they follow the procedures outlined in California's Civil Code. This article explains why, identifies the risks, and recommends a solution.

What You Need to Know: The New Davis-Stirling Act

The Davis-Stirling Common Interest Develop Act, or the Davis-Stirling Act, is the primary set of laws that govern common interest developments (CIDs) and homeowners associations (HOAs) in California. Since 1985, the Davis-Stirling Act has been amended many times; however, on January 1, 2014 the Act was completely renumbered and reorganized, and codified in California Civil Code.

Is Your HOA's Reserve Budget Just an Illusion?

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